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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MChem, BSc Medicinal Chemistry with Study Abroad

Programme code:MCBS-MEDCHM9UCAS code:F156
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Marcelo Miranda Contact address:M.Miranda@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Typically, grades AAB at A-level, including Chemistry (but not including General Studies or Critical Thinking).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemistry

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemistry

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- provide an environment for study that will encourage an enthusiasm for chemistry and an appreciation in depth of its application in a wide variety of contexts;
- provide students with a detailed appreciation of the discipline of chemistry and medicinal chemistry, and the necessary background and intellectual training for a wide range of professional careers;
- develop a student's ability to apply his/her chemical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems at the forefront of medicinal chemistry;
- provide the knowledge and experience which constitute an essential preliminary to performing original research with a degree of autonomy in chemistry or a related multidisciplinary field, either in industry, government research laboratories, or academic institutions;
- enable the students to aspire to the highest professional standards in chemistry;
- give a developed and balanced foundation of chemical knowledge, of scientific principles in a wider context, and encourage by experience the transferable skills that are of value in both chemical and non-chemical employment;
- provide students with an understanding of the principles, both theoretical and experimental, of organic, inorganic, physical, theoretical and analytical chemistry, and with the ability to apply them in innovative situations;
- provide an insight into selected areas of chemistry where major and important developments are currently taking place;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of chemistry in industrial, economic, environmental and social contexts with an emphasis on medicinal chemistry;
- provide experience in carrying out a research project which includes a literature search, the planning and carrying out of experiments, and the processing and evaluation of results which are then presented in a variety of formats;
- enable students to enter the chemistry profession at a level beyond that of the corresponding BSc programme, and they will be able to plan and undertake a coherent and extended research project, either within a higher degree programme or within suitable industries;
- conform to professional standards in chemistry, and to satisfy the admission criteria for full Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) with Chartered Chemist status (CChem).


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM1101Chemistry 1: Bonding and Behaviour20 creditsSemester 1
CHEM1201Chemistry 2: Energy, Structure and Transformation30 creditsSemester 2
CHEM1301Chemistry: The Interdisciplinary Science10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM1410Practical Skills in Chemistry30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to pass CHEM1101 and CHEM1410 to progress to the second year.

Optional modules:

Students on all single honours chemistry programmes of study with Grade C or less in Mathematics A-level (or equivalent) will be required to study CHEM1181 Mathematics for Chemists (10 credits). Other students (with Grade B or higher in Mathematics A-level) will be required to study CHEM1281 Mathematical Tools for Chemists (5 credits).

CHEM1181Mathematics for Chemists10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM1281Mathematical Tools for Chemists5 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students will also study 20-30 credits of discovery modules (up to a total of 120 or 125 credits).

The School particularly recommends the following discovery modules: CHEM1200 The Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life, CHEM1100 Science and Society: An ethical view, and CSER1022 Future Career planning for Chemists.

Students will be required to pass CHEM1101 and CHEM1410 to progress to the second year.

The award of Certificate of Higher Education requires obtaining 100 credits in Year 1 (or above), with a minimum of 80 credits of compulsory modules (including CHEM1101 and CHEM1410)



Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM2141Introduction to Organic Synthesis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2152Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2190Structure and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2215Introduction to Drug Design10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2241Organic Structure and Mechanism10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2252Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2270Organometallic and f-block Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2290Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2451Further Practical and Research Skills for Medicinal Chemists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to pass CHEM2451 to progress to the third year.

The award of Diploma of Higher Education requires obtaining 200 credits, with a minimum of 100 credits in Year 2 (or above), (including CHEM2451).

Optional modules:

Candidates will select 10 credits to study from the following optional modules:

CHEM2111Structure and Synthesis of Materials10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2200Science and Society: The Critical Interface10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2600Chemistry: Idea to Market10 creditsSemester 1
COLO2600Advances in Colour and Polymer Sciences10 creditsSemester 2


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM9304Integrated Year Abroad: International120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will normally be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM5460MLaboratory-based Project Work 6M60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM5601MAdvanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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